AS the nation awaits the Sandiganbayan decision on the Estrada plunder trial in two days, we are airing this video that revisits some of the palatial homes and pricey lots that Estrada had built and acquired for his mistresses and families more than six years after he was booted out of Malacañang in 2001.
Only one of at least 17 pieces of property discovered by the PCIJ in 2000 was however included in the plunder charge against Estrada — the “Boracay” mansion, so called for the powdery, white sand that surrounded its luxurious swimming pool, complete with a wave- and mist-making machine. The New Manila mansion has since been demolished and deserted.
Construction work at the Wack Wack house supposedly for Laarni Enriquez was abandoned in 2000 and has not resumed since then.
Meanwhile, the South Forbes house apparently meant for Guia Gomez has been finished (at least as far as its exteriors are concerned, though there are no signs of occupants yet when we visited). So are the other grand houses for Estrada’s siblings still under construction in 2000.
Watch “Muling Pagbisita sa mga Palasyo ni Erap“:
File size: 48.2 MB
Producer: Alecks P. Pabico
Video editor: Francis Ventura
(Still images of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Folk Arts Theater and Film Center of the Philippines taken from the Philippine Information Agency site; Still image of the Coconut Palace taken from Philippines Travel Guide)